Can My Dental Care Fears Be Calmed Without The Use Of Medication?

When you visit our dental office we can certainly discuss ways to prevent your experiencing dental care anxiety.  Try a leisure glass of natural tea or a cup of hot natural tea, which we can provide in our office, instead of medications.

Several natural varieties are available for purchase at almost any health food store, that can help to relax and calm you. These natural teas, of all different flavors, could be all you need to relax you naturally, although some patients may indeed find benefits from our medicines, and even acupuncture.

Preparing for a dental appointment…what is best? 

Meeting our dental professionals in our office, without actually having any dental work performed, is a really good way to keep from experiencing unnecessary fears.  In this way, you can actually tour the office, sit in one of our dental chairs, converse with all the staff, and become familiarized with the atmosphere of our office.

All this should help you feel more comfortable in the environment where we will be performing procedures, such as a professional teeth cleaning. You will be more at ease because our friendly faces will be familiar.  During this initial, consultation visit, we will be able to discuss with you what to expect with any specific procedures you could be receiving.

It can also acquaint you with the specific tools the dentist could be using, the length of time the procedure will take, and if there is recovery time involved, how long that might last.  In short, it could be great mental preparation for you. The most comfortable and relaxed patients, in our office experience, are the best informed ones!  This one, informal, consultation visit, can help alleviate any dentist or dental procedure anxiety you might possibly be experiencing.

Can Sedation Dentistry reduce your dental anxiety?

The two main reasons for practicing Sedation Dentistry in our office are reducing, then preventing den tax anxiety!  Listed below are some of the questions we get on a regular basis, concerning sedation therapy:

What are the side effects of sedation Dentistry?

Some lingering drowsiness for a couple of hours, with most patients able to resume activities on a normal basis within one hour, is the only real side effect of any consequence. If a patient has been sedated more heavily, or has been put to sleep for oral surgery, in rare instances it can take up to two hours.

We always use the least amount of sedation that is possible to be effective…without it remaining in your system too long.  Just enough for you to feel completely relaxed, and be comfortable.

Can children be benefited by Sedation Dentistry?

Typically, children will need to be sedated in order for them to remain `still through the completion of the dental procedure. We do offer this service for children in our practice. However, it is a very unique specialty, and is not offered in every practice.

Will normal activity be possible after sedation?

The short answer is, yes you will. You should be able to engage in normal conversation, and respond to commands with Sedation Dentistry. There may be some response time delays, however, and you may not be as mentally sharp as usual.

You should not be driving, but arrange for someone else to take you home, and wait until the sedition has worn off, is our normal recommendation. 

Can everyone benefit from sedation therapy?

If they are in god enough health, then most people can.  Another normal  recommendation we would have, is that you schedule an appointment so we can make a professional determination in our office. It is then that we can discuss the best suited sedation therapy type for you, if your dental anxiety level warrants it.

Will your sedation therapy put me to sleep?

Oral surgery, and other lengthy procedures are the only usual cases where the use of sleep dentistry will be employed…so no, not typically. Even though some patients might nod off occasionally, or more likely become drowsy, you are not put to sleep technically, during sedation therapy.

Finally, what about the administration of the therapy?

Most dental fears can be entirely eliminated with just one tiny pill, making the patient feel completely relaxed, so the most popular form of sedation  is to take one just before beginning the procedure.

Most procedures, such as cleaning your teeth or taking care of a simple cavity, do not cause any pain, so no additional medication is required   by many people. If you happen to want it, though, we can administer pain  medication to you after the sedation takes effect.

Can dental work be more comfortable in any other manner?

Yes, Laser Dentistry is totally transforming the completion of many dental procedures! Whenever you have an office visit for any procedure, we will always seek your total comfort by using the latest technology available to us…of that you can be completely confident.

Because it is so narrowly confined, laser energy is very effective in targeting hard-to-reach-spaces, thus reducing dental discomfort and your recovery time, without irritating the tissue around it.

Since they are less invasive in their work than traditional dental tools, the use of lasers means much less bleeding and swelling than normal.  We highly recommend that you call us for an appointment, if your sincere goal is less dental anxiety. Since our laser can be used in most procedures of restoration, as well as in treating tooth decay and gum disease, your dental procedure can be a much more comfortable experience.

In fact, we have found that many of our patients do not require sedation or pain medications during their procedures, since the usual factors causing dental anxiety have been eliminated.  Heat, noises and vibrations, for example, that are usually associated with dental drilling, are non-existent with lasers.

So, if your desire is to reduce or do away with the anxiety associated with many dental procedures, or to learn more about laser energy, other new dental technology, or just about sedation dentistry in general…please give us a call.

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